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Meditations on the Apostles’ Creed

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(49) . . . he shall come to judge the quick and the dead

Men who have heard Jesus’ teaching often have serious doubts about whether a long-suffering life of love and truth will really win out in the end. So often it seems that the ruthless, deceitful, worldly powerful kind of man is the successful man. When Jesus comes out from his present…

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(50) I believe in the Holy Ghost

Before I go on with the third paragraph of the Creed, it’s time for a glance back over the path we have followed. The story all arose out of the glorious unity of God the Father-Son-Holy Ghost in holy love. That interpersonal love was so utterly wonderful that there ought…

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(51) I believe in the Holy Ghost

The Holy Ghost reveals himself by what he has done. He works as silently as the June sunshine when it is growing grass, as invisibly as a magnet. I can detect him in my own life as he moves me out about my Father’s business, to do what I was…

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(52) I believe in the Holy Ghost

Although Christ had ascended, something of him was still upon the earth: His words and the impact of his life were still affecting the lives of his followers. The Holy Spirit could pour through the heavenly Jesus into every life where Jesus’ word had lodged. The ascended Jesus had become,…

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(53) I believe in the Holy Ghost

Man after man might tell me of all that Christ did for the world, but without the Holy Ghost it wouldn’t mean a thing to me personally. The Holy Ghost makes me want to be free of everything that is hindering me from having fullness of life in the Lord….

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(54) the holy catholic church

I couldn’t have become a Christian without the church. The word of Christ had to come to me through churchmen. How much I owe to my wonderful church friends! The New Testament was written and translated for me by churchmen. Even the prayer our Lord taught us is cast in…

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(55) the holy catholic church

Many will probably turn away from the church because of me and my Christian friends, for sometimes we don’t seem much like the “body of Christ.” If I had been there when Jesus’ dead, bruised, and broken body came down from the cross, I wouldn’t have expected anything much from…

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(56) the holy catholic church

I believe in the church catholic. I must never let any group of Christians walk off with this strong, wonderful word “catholic” as if it were their peculiar property. This word means “according to the whole,” that is, “the universal” church—all people where Christ is at work. If anybody were…

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(57) the communion of saints

A saint is a person quite ordinary in many ways, in whom Christ is at work. As such he shares in something of Christ’s holiness, even though he is by no means perfected. Christ is committed to loving and rescuing him, as a man is committed to caring for his…

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(58) the forgiveness of sins

God has a plan for his world, but that plan is always suffering setbacks because of things that people do and don’t do. Some men may sin spectacularly, wrecking God’s world and unleashing havoc on their fellowmen. Ordinarily we make trouble mostly by dealing with people deceitfully and handling them…

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